Archive for November, 2007

the care and feeding of Brad Martin

Posted: November 29, 2007 in RiverPoint

 This is a post to all of us out there who are responsible for the care of our lead pastor, Brad Martin; people like team leaders and even those who are active in service at RiverPoint Church.

Here is a wake up call; your pastor is NOT made out of cast-iron. Pastors are people who constantly give with very little regard to their own well-being. Somebody’s got to look out for them or they will give and go until they break. And when they do; you bear a lot of the blame if you aren’t proactive in supporting them.

So here are some ways we can care for and feed our lead pastor. 

1. Pray for Brad. Enough said.

2. Support Brad. Most of all, financially. Take away the “money” worry so he can concentrate on the task at hand. Don’t be stingy. The Scriptures teach that he’s worthy of double honor. 

3. Empower Brad. If you’ve given him the responsibility to lead, give him the power. Because one without the other is insane. If you are going to hold him accountable for results, you must give him the resources to make things happen.

4. Connect with Brad. He’s not too busy. If you’re the kind of person who loves and is committed to him, they’ll be happy to go out to lunch or dinner.

5. Cut off any gossip you hear about Brad at the knees. Don’t let it go anywhere.

6. Don’t let other leaders or attenders get away with complaining about Brad behind his back.

7. Encourage Brad to go to conferences to learn about other ways of doing his work, but most of all have time away to rejuvenate.

8. Make sure Brad’s family can be his first priority. Don’t just assume they are. Make sure, not in a meddling way, but in a loving way. If you create an atmosphere in which neglecting his family is expected, you will all pay the price.

9. Build Brad up. To his face; let him and other people know that his is the man of God and that you’re darn lucky to have him.

10. Honor Brad’s service, his birthday, anniversary, whatever it is. He is a person too and can’t continually go on without a showing of appreciation.

 11. At the first sign of trouble or displeasure, let Brad know early so he can do something about it. Pastors do not need nor do they want “yes men or women” around them.

Well, I’ll stop, but I hope you get the point!! Let’s love all over Brad (& Sally) Marin! Treat him with respect and honor! He deserves it and you will place yourself in the place of blessing; for God loves His church and His pastors. God has given us a good, godly pastor, so lets take care of him! 

-tom

Yes, yes, yes, I know it’s been a while. My bad! I’ve run into the proverbial writer’s block. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it’s unlocked my brain and has me thinking about a lot of things.

  • My brother Dave has more courage in his little finger than most people do in their entire body. Praise God for his continued healing and that great follow up report that he just received Tuesday morning from his Moyo Clinic surgeon!
  • It has been a full calendar year of being thankful for many things……(many to mention later)
  • RiverPoint Church has rocked my families world, especially since Brad Martin showed up in March for his interview
  • God continues to show that He’s large and in charge of my life in more ways than ever!
  • I have more friends in my life now than I did when I was in high school (yes, I did have friends in high school!!!)
  • My wife is incredible, even though her low back pain is back with a vengeance and she is challenged by her job daily
  • “Children are a blessing”  means that they are have a little bit of yourself in them and that they do a whole lot better at what you gave them then you did! …………….think about it!
  • We are fortunate to have a school administration that will allow us to have meaningful Christ centered worship each Sunday morning!

O.K., that just felt downright good to blog again. I’ll be back soon with more!!!!

tom

Anticipation…

Posted: November 2, 2007 in Jesus Christ

Getting ready to take our Fusion students to a “Judgement House” tonight. This should be an incredible time of realizing what Christ our Savior really wants for us: To be in heaven with Him forever by making the choice to lay down our lives and follow Him! My family has already been once, so I know what is coming. I’ll update you the next time I blog! Let’s go!

-tom

Tuesday night at the LIFEGroup I attend, we discussed Jesus the HEALER! We discussed the how’s and why’s of Mark 1 & 2 when Jesus did various healing amongst the Jews to allow them to see that He not only heals the sick, but that he came to be the great Physician to all that seek HIM. Mark 2:17 Jesus says: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Through this we need to understand that Jesus paid special attention to those the religious hypocrites rejected……..He calls us to follow Him to love sinners (those like and unlike us)!

As Brad has been describing the last couple of Sundays as to what RiverPoint Church is all about to the attenders coming since our launch in October, he left no doubt that we are about reaching those who are lost and helping them becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Guess what? That happens to be all of us at sometime during each day, right? WOW!

Listen, here is one of the keys we should be relying on as we reach out to others who don’t know Jesus Christ.  We can believe a set of facts about Jesus (that he’s the Son of God, for instance) and still live however we like. Jesus is asking us to believe he has the right, the wisdom, and the love to tell us how to live. This isn’t just information that will get us into heaven. Say what? This is a new way of life that will get heaven into us…………NOW!!!

Let’s make sure that we are accountable to the one only ONE who can save us from HELL and meet us face to face in a place called HEAVEN, now and when we are done on this planet. Let’s see that others meet HIM now!

 -tom